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Ontarians to Use Electronic Voting Machines in June Election

Liam Casey
TORONTO, The Canadian Press
Published May 9, 2018

For the first time in a provincial election in Ontario, voters will use electronic voting machines when they head to the polls on June 7.

The voters’ paper lists will also be a thing of past in most ridings, replaced by an electronic version called e-Poll Book.

Elections Ontario says the new technology should help speed up both the voting and ballot-counting process.

Blind Customers Locked Out by Bank Web Upgrades

By Sally Abrahams & Lee Kumutat
BBC Radio 4, Money Box
6 May 2018

From the “point of view of someone who can’t see” his bank’s upgrade is “appalling”, says Jeff

HSBC, Metro Bank and Halifax have all admitted to failings after redesigning websites that made it hard for their blind or visually impaired customers to access full services online.

Ontario Educational System Failing Students With Intellectual Disabilities: Report

By Andrea Gordon, Education Reporter
Fri., May 4, 2018

Students face “daunting” academic and social barriers that can leave them excluded, vulnerable to bullying and set them up for low expectations for the future, said the report, a joint project by experts in disabilities law and education.

Dorlean Lieghfars-Rotolo, with daughter Jessica, now 19, who has Down Syndrome, says she and her husband had a constant battle to make sure Jessica received appropriate accommodations in school.

City Tightens Rules on Service and Support Animal Regulations

The City of Ottawa has tightened its rules on service animals, but there are still concerns that some people could take advantage of the designation to get special treatment for pets they regard as “support animals.”

City council amended the Animal Care and Control Bylaw on March 28 to include stricter requirements for documentation from health professionals to prove a person’s need for a trained service animal, and detailing of how the animal must be identified.

In Making Yale More Digitally Accessible, Everyone Benefits

By Susan Gonzalez
April 10, 2018

As a molecular biophysics and biochemistry major, Yale sophomore Brennan Carman has encountered websites and online course materials that relay scientific information via graphs, diagrams, and pictures. For Carman, who is visually impaired and uses screen-reading or magnifying software, accessing that information can take double the time to get through and often longer.